Baring It All
I'm incredibly proud that my daughter is willing to bare it all at the pool.
Said no mother ever.
She's not really baring it all all, of course. But she decided this spring that she really wanted a bikini.
Many sentences uttered at our house now start with, "All of my friends are...," and I was informed this spring that all of her friends would be wearing only bikinis at the pool this summer. This was a big step for two reasons:
While some girls wear bikinis from the beginning, my daughter never had, so this was a milestone in terms of growing up. Despite our concerns about finding bikinis appropriate for a tween/young teen, we found two very cute ones. Ruffly tops and bottoms with plenty of coverage are out there if you look long enough.
The second concern, of course, was the increased obviousness of the diabetes paraphernalia. About this, my daughter decided she simply didn't care. Wearing a bikini trumped any concern about the dexcom sensor taped to her belly and the insulin pump clipped to her bathing suit.
My daughter has so far had more people ask her about the dexcom and pump at her morning summer music program (where it's generally in her pocket or clipped to her waistband under a t-shirt) than at the pool. Perhaps we'll keep a running tally. When asked, she has a couple of short answers prepared, and is able to move on without much fanfare.
The only comment I've heard so far was from a mom I know tangentially, a friend of a friend, who came up to me and said, "I just wanted to tell you I'm so impressed with her wearing a bikini and not caring what anyone thinks. I think that's just great."
At 13, it's an impressive decision to make. As a rule, these are the years of trying to fit in, the years of "all my friends are." So I'm proud of my daughter for baring it all at the pool. I'm proud that she's comfortable with what she looks like, taped on contraptions and all. I'm proud that she's willing to answer the inevitable questions. I'm proud that she's not going to let diabetes stop her from doing something she wants to do, however relatively trivial this particular decision may be.
I still have mixed feelings about this. Watching my little girl walk past me at the pool in her bikini makes me do a double-take every time. But it has nothing to do with the dexcom sensor.